The Dominican Republic Wedding Guide
tropical island, but have considered it too hard to organize, good news, it can be easier than you think. The Dominican Republic is a wedding paradise. Thanks to being featured consistently in many best wedding destination rankings, its wedding services have flourished and grown to the point where getting married in the Dominican Republic has become a breeze.
Population: 10 million people.
Language: Spanish, although the majority of people working in the tourist industry speak English and other European languages.
Currency: The Dominican peso. (1$ = 46.41 Dominican pesos)
Tip: It is smart to carry local currency and pay in cash when you can.
Capital: The oldest city in the New World and UNESCO World Heritage site, Santo Domingo.
Weather: With its year-round sunny tropical climate The Dominican Republic is the perfect spot for a destination wedding. Although, it is always good to get some first-hand advice to better plan your special day. It is best to avoid May with its high probability of rainfall for your beach wedding. November through to April is a beautiful but busy season, so book everything in advance. Enjoy a more intimate experience from June to October when there are less crowds despite a bit hotter temperatures. Also, from June to November it is the hurricane season, however, chances are low.
Organizing your Dominican Republic Wedding
The variety of Dominican Republic wedding resorts is remarkable, it is one of the reasons why it attracts many husbands and wives to be. Choose from all-inclusive luxury resorts or budget friendly elegant options and your guests will be satisfied with the level of service any venue offers.
Even if you are a perfectionist and always strive for more, the gorgeous backdrop of the Dominican Republic will impress your guests and the laid back atmosphere will tame the most demanding invitee effortlessly.
In terms of wedding professionals (make-up and hair stylists, florists and decorators) it is likely that your wedding venue has good packages available. Alternatively, for hair and make-up you could find a local spa and indulge in beauty treatments and come out ready for your ceremony. In any case, be aware of what you want and prepare some examples (photos, magazines etc.).
One of the important decisions that you should make in advance is to find a Dominican Republic photographer who will capture all the precious moments of the day and take care of your future memories.
The Legal Side
In order to have an idea about which documents you would need to get married officially in the Dominican Republic see the list below:
- Valid passport as well as copies,
- Original birth certificate,
- Notarized Single Status Affidavit for each one,
- If previously married, copy of legalized/sealed Divorce Act or Death Certificate.
- Please be advised that there is a 10 month waiting period for a woman after divorce,
- Two witnesses with their passport photocopies. Many resorts provide witness services.
- Certificate of adoption or parental authorization if applicable.
When you submit all the documents you will be issued a marriage license for a fee of around 20 US dollars. There will be some translation cost involved in the process as well. This information is intended as a guide, please contact the Dominican Republic embassy for the official requirements.
Choose the Location
The Dominican Republic`s lavish flora, stunning sea, great diversity of landscapes and many activity options lay the foundation for an unforgettable wedding.
- Wonderful beaches with white powder sand and turquoise water
- Great all-inclusive resorts.
- Tropical forests
- Proximity to Altos de Chavon – a replica of an Italian village with cobblestone streets and artist workshops.
- Saona island – amazing beaches with huge populations of bird species and marine animals.
No need to mention its scenic beaches, as they are all perfect in the Dominican Republic.
- Catalina island – a marvelous place for snorkeling, rich in corals and fish.
- Cueva de las Maravillas – a cave with plenty of petroglyphs and minerals.
- Bayahibe – is a pretty resort area.
Santo Domingo is a nice colonial city with beckoning side walk cafes, museums, colorful architecture, vibrant culture and casual atmosphere.
- Cabarete – a cool place for kitesurfing and top dining experiences.
- Damajaqua cascades – 27 waterfalls for adventurers who fancy climbing and cliff jumping.
- Fort San Felipe – a short trip to the port which will immerse you in the atmosphere of the Caribbean`s pirate history.
- Mount Isabel de Torres – the landmark of the place is a massive statue of Christ, the early morning is best for magnificent views.
- Los Haitians national park – a national park with an abundance of flora and fauna
- Cayo levantado – a romantic picture-perfect island ideal for lovebirds
- Las Terrenas – the scenic landscapes and Mediterranean style make this place a favorite tourist destination
To the east or west of the country, it does not matter, the Dominican Republic’s motto states “It has it all” and it is not a lie. Your wedding destination can slowly morph into your honeymoon destination giving you a delightful opportunity to save some money on the tickets and free yourself from unnecessary stress and planning.